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"Rocky King, Detective" - Murder Scores a Knockout (Classic TV)

Published 1952

Episode "Murder Scores a Knockout" of the aired-live DuMont Television Network series "Rocky King, Detective". In this episode, a magician is murdered, and things get more complicated when it seems jewels are involved...

Original Air Date: 13 July 1952
Genre: Crime Drama

Run time Approx 27 Minutes
Production Company DuMont Television Network
Audio/Visual sound, Black and White


Director: Lee Polk
Writers: Carl Abrams, Roscoe Karns (additional dialogue)

Roscoe Karns ... Police Inspector Rocky King
Grace Carney ... Mabel King (voice)
Earl Hammond ... Sergeant Lane
Kem Dibbs ... Pete Roland
Henrietta Moore ... Viola Marstend
William Sharon ... Edward Starkie
Bethell Long ... Lionel the Great
Ken Roberts ... Announcer


Reviewer: katperrr - - May 12, 2014
Subject: Rocky
I loved it, but that music has to go.
Reviewer: richgoup - - October 10, 2011
Subject: Murder Scores a Knockout (Inside detective)
Original air date: 13 July 1952.
Cast: Roscoe Karns (Police Inspector Rocky King), Earl Hammond (Sergeant Lane), Grace Carney (Mabel King: Voice), Ken Dibbs (Pete Roland), William Sharon (Edward Starkie), Henrietta Moore (Viola Marstend), Bethel Long (Lionel the Great) and Ken Roberts (Announcer).
From IMDB.
The music (organ) is impossible. It is the music as in the soap opera. The story is well written. The idea for the wife of Rocky King was original.
Reviewer: Earlon - - February 22, 2010
Subject: A catalog site for Classic TV shows
If you like Classic TV from of the 50's, I found a catalog site that makes it easy to find and watch episodes streaming from at:

The Classic TV Channel

There are currently over 400 individual episodes of about 30 different programs, and the site is growing day by day. Check it out!
Reviewer: Seto-Kaiba_Is_Stupid - - August 12, 2008
Subject: Charming early detective show
The DuMont Network's programming tends to be quirky, and this is no exception. Oh, and it was broadcast LIVE, just like a stage play.
Reviewer: Robin_1990 - - April 3, 2008
Subject: Why Am I Reviewing One of My Own Items?
The DuMont Television Network started broadcasting in 1946, and stopped broadcasting in 1956. They were the first American TV network. They created the first sitcom, the first soap opera, the first national religious program, the first science program, and the first Sci-Fi program. Basically, They invented much of what we take for granted today. DuMont also made Jackie Gleason a star, Created a sitcom which ran each weekday, gave Ernie Kovacs his own show, Created the first Reality TV show with "Cash and Carry", and even produced a national opera program. Doesn't that sound like a fun network?

But this is "Rocky King, Detective", a popular crime series which ran from 1950 to 1954, and is considered a "Cult Classic". What's unusual about this series was that is was done LIVE, on national TV!

It's believed that basically the entire DuMont Network archive was dumped into Upper New York Bay during the 70's, since nobody thought anyone would want to see it's programs again.


At least 37 episodes exist of "Rocky King, Detective" at the UCLA.

Overall it's a very good series, Quite enjoyable.
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